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Red Sox announce personnel moves in baseball operations01/10/2011 4:47 PM ET
The Boston Red Sox today announced a series of personnel moves in the organization's baseball operations department.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Major League Personnel
Jon Adkins has been hired as an Area Scout for the Ohio Valley. The former right-handed pitcher concluded a 10-year professional playing career in the Chicago White Sox organization last season and spent parts of six Major League campaigns with the White Sox (2003-05), Padres (2006), Mets (2007) and Reds (2008).
Chris Pritchett joins the Red Sox as an Area Scout for Canada. Primarily a first baseman, he played parts of four Major League seasons with the Angels (1996, 1998-99) and Phillies (2000) and spent 13 total seasons in the minor leagues (1991-2003). He served as hitting coach for Oakland's Single-A Vancouver affiliate in 2007.
Chili Davis has been named Hitting Coach for Triple-A Pawtucket. He joins the Red Sox organization after serving as a part-time instructor for the Dodgers in the 2010 fall instructional league. Previously he coached in the Australian Summer League from 2003-04. A former outfielder and three-time All-Star, Davis ranks fourth all-time among switch-hitters with 350 home runs and batted .274 over 19 Major League seasons with the Giants (1981-87), Angels (1988-90, 1993-96), Twins (1991-92), Royals (1997) and Yankees (1998-99).
Rich Gedman returns to the Red Sox organization as Hitting Coach for Short-A Lowell. The 13-year Major League veteran played parts of 11 seasons with Boston from 1980-90, including a pair of All-Star honors in 1985 and 1986, and served as catcher during the club's American League pennant run in 1986. A Massachusetts native, he spent the past six years as manager of the independent Can-Am League's Worcester Tornadoes and previously served as bench coach for the Can-Am League's North Shore Spirit.
John Lombardo has been hired as a Pro Scout. He served in the same capacity for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 following an 11-year stint with the Texas Rangers baseball operations staff from 1998-2009, including eight seasons as the club's Director of Minor League Operations (2002-09). He also held positions in the Rangers organization as Florida Minor League Baseball Operations Assistant (1998-99), part-time amateur scout (1999) and Assistant Director of Player Development (2000-2001).
Hal Morris joins the organization as a Pro Scout after spending the past two years as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The starting first baseman on Cincinnati's World Series Championship team in 1990, Morris hit .304 over 13 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1988-89), Reds (1990-97, 1999-2000), Royals (1998) and Tigers (2000). He received an MBA from Stanford University in 2005.
Latin American Operations
Oscar Lira has been hired by Boston as the club's Dominican Summer League Assistant Pitching Coach. In addition to pitching professionally in Italy, Lira spent six seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization from 2001-06.
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